Kent Bush: Sarah Palin continues to show off tin ear

Kent Bush

I hope my Republican friends have had a chance to gain some perspective on Sarah Palin.

She is a popular figure among those on the far right of the political scale, and I understand why.

But I want that same understanding from my most conservative friends on why those of us in the middle and further left have no use for her.

Palin's biggest problem is that she has a tin ear.

She obviously has no advisers whose opinion she trusts more than her own. But beyond the hubris of that condition, she is also unedited.

So when she goes home to Fox News and criticizes the Obama administration for hosting a rapper called Common, she failed to deliver the message with tone or tenor.

"Come on, Barack Obama, who are you palling around with now?" she told her Fox News buddies. That phrase should have died in November of 2008 when voters overwhelmingly dismissed her act.

Rehashing the same old talking points and failed positions will only lead her down the same path.

She should have gone to school on 2008. She should have learned from her mistakes and grown beyond what she already was.

Instead, she has become a caricature of herself.

She sounds more like Tina Fey's impression of her than herself.

If she had discussed this issue with anyone prior to her interview, she certainly wouldn't have tried to take on the idea that she is against rap music in general by saying she knows the lyrics to "Rapper's Delight."

It doesn't make you a hip hop connoisseur to be able to quote a few lyrics from a 1979 song by the Sugarhill Gang.

And when your point is that a rapper who has appeared on "Sesame Street" as a friend of Elmo is inappropriate for the White House, saying you can quote lyrics like, "Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn, if your girl starts actin up, then you take her friend" doesn't add much credibility to the argument.

But Palin has thrown down the gauntlet now, and I think we need a new constitutional amendment based on her latest revelation.

There should be no more presidential debates. Did any of you sit through Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and the other wanna-bes last week?

That was horrible.

The new standard of presidential qualifications needs to be the winner of a battle rap.

It may give Palin the home-court advantage, but "Rapper's Delight" would be a great test for any president.

And when they win, this could be the first line in the oath of office, "Hip hop, the hippie to the hippie; the hip hip hop, you don't stop the rock it to the bang bang boogie say up jumped the boogie."

This has been a fun trip into fantasy, but I wish it were more far-fetched. In the same nationally televised interview, Palin addressed a rapper at the White House and the death of Osama bin Laden as though they carried equal importance.

What has happened to America?

Kent Bush is publisher of the Augusta (Kan.) Gazette.